We usually think that air pollution is something that belong to outdoor and home are the safe places to breathe in, but hang on! That’s a myth. The air in home may be more polluted in homes/indoor.
There are number of air pollutants in homes, offices and shopping malls that are making our air unpurified and dangerous to breathe in. The air inside the homes is may polluted by:
- volatile chemicals
- carpets and mattresses cleaners
About 90% of Americans are not aware of the fact that their home may have chemicals indoor air pollutants that can lead to lung cancer and increase heart failure. Mostly the children and patient with asthma are sensitive to the air pollution, but it shows its effects to anyone with constant exposure.
This is easiest way to reduce indoor air pollution, if you save energy by turning off all the appliances and lights when not using or reduce the use the electric appliances you can save a lot of energy. The less energy used means less “carbon dioxide” discharge. Use electric products that take less energy, these products can make sure the fossil fuels aren’t burned as much which end up in less indoor air pollution.
Keep dust out
In order to keep the dust out of home you must keep the home clean, because the dust can bear pollen, pet danger, mites, mold, mildew and bacteria. Remove dust with a rag and vacuum often with a low emissions vacuum.
The polluted air is poisonous air, and can be bothersome to even breathe normally, the air pollution is the reason of so many diseases now a day, every home should have a pollution free air, and you can have better air to breathe in by putting air purifying plants at your home. The best plants for air purification are:
- Boston fern
- Spider plant
- Dwarf Date palm
- Chinese evergreen
- Devil’s Ivy
- Flamingo lily
- Bamboo palm
Keep the home ventilated and Use air filters
Keep your home ventilated, the air closed houses might cause suffocation and make it hard to breathe since the air inside the home is already polluted. Let the fresh air come inside and polluted air go outside, open the windows in early morning and evening don’t open windows at the time when there is more pollution outside, it may not possible for all to keep the windows open because of allergies and extreme temperature, the other solution is using air filters. Thinks about putting into service the air filters and getting your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems) checked regularly. This can provide better air conditions.
Molds and dust mites like moisture, If you keep humidity about 40% to 50% it will help in keeping molds, dust mites and other allergens under control. A helps decreasing moisture in air and control the allergens very effectively. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count.
More useful tips to reduce air pollution inside the home:
- Make your home a no smoking zone.
- Wash clothes with Warm or Cold water
- Check your home for Radon
- Eliminate odors from the home
- Minimize use of air fresheners
- Use exhaust fans
- Fix the water leaks
- Use Carbon monoxide detector
- Minimize clutter
- Get rid of carpeting (if possible)
- Remove shoes at the door
- Keep trash covered to avoid attracting pests.